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Lakers run past Knicks late for 6th win in 8, 127-107

LOS ANGELES (AP) When the Los Angeles Lakers complement their up-tempo offense with solid defense, this long-struggling team actually looks pretty good.

Even without Lonzo Ball, the Lakers were plenty good enough to run right past the New York Knicks, who couldn't keep up.

Jordan Clarkson had 29 points and 10 assists, Julius Randle added 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the Lakers beat New York 127-107 on Sunday for their sixth win in eight games.

Kyle Kuzma added 15 points as the Lakers (17-29) continued a midseason surge of solid play. Rookie point guard Alex Caruso set career highs with nine points and eight assists, making the most of more than 30 minutes of playing time while Ball missed his fourth straight game with a sore left knee.

The Lakers thought they did nothing spectacularly, but everything well - particularly on the defensive end, where they forced 17 turnovers. Los Angeles also won its fifth straight game at Staples Center after a 6-14 start to the home schedule.

''Defense. That was the only message at halftime,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ''During our home win streak, we have been really, really good defensively.''

Los Angeles took the lead late in the third quarter and pulled away down the stretch, scoring 10 consecutive points in a rally led by Clarkson and Randle. The Lakers finished on a 17-4 run.

''Randle and Clarkson, they were killing us,'' New York coach Jeff Hornacek said. ''We tried multiple guys on both of them, but they took it to whoever was guarding them. That was a big key. We couldn't get any stops.''

Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Michael Beasley scored 17 points apiece for the Knicks, who have lost 12 of 16. New York slipped to 2-2 on its seven-game trip.

Despite a solid shooting game, the Knicks couldn't answer the aggressive transition game favored by the Lakers, who put up their highest-scoring performance in two weeks.

''They just played harder than us in everything,'' said Enes Kanter, who had 12 points and 14 rebounds for New York. ''They got a lot of offensive rebounds. We got a lot of turnovers. I don't think we can play like this in road games and expect to get a win.''

Clarkson followed up his 33-point performance Friday against Indiana with another high-energy effort. The veteran guard hit 12 of his 19 shots and added six rebounds.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Porzingis drew a technical foul with 8:04 to play for vociferously protesting a foul call against teammate Ron Baker. The ensuing three-point play put the Lakers up by 11. ... Courtney Lee added 16 points.

Lakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also missed his second straight game with a right heel injury. ... Kuzma jammed a finger on his right hand during the second quarter, but iced it and continued playing. ... Brandon Ingram played through a mild left ankle sprain after the team determined he was healthy at game time. He managed 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

BALL OUT

Walton said Ball might miss several more games, but the club is hoping he'll be able to travel on their five-game trip starting Friday. The rookie point guard also missed six games around the holidays with a sprained left shoulder. The Lakers went 0-6 without him then.

TEXAS TANDEM

Caruso is on a two-way contract that allows him only 45 days with the Lakers, and he's keeping track of his time in the Notes app on his phone. He has already formed an impressive tandem with Clarkson, his former opponent in college when Caruso was at Texas A&M and Clarkson was at Missouri.

''I'm getting better each game, but I'm just getting acclimated to (the NBA),'' said Caruso, who has played 15 games in the big show.

While Caruso feels his strengths are on defense, his ball-handling acumen allows Clarkson to be more aggressive in looking for his shot. The duo also is friends off the court.

''He's from Texas, I'm from Texas, you know what I'm saying?'' asked Clarkson, who grew up in San Antonio.

UP NEXT

Knicks: At the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

Lakers: Host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
K. Porzingis
6 PF
K. Kuzma
0 PF
31.2 Min. Per Game 31.2
16.5 Pts. Per Game 16.5
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
6.2 Reb. Per Game 6.2
43.6 Field Goal % 45.9
43.5 Three Point % 45.5
80.7 Free Throw % 71.1
  Bad pass turnover on Kyle O'Quinn, stolen by Alex Caruso 0:11
  Lost ball turnover on Ivica Zubac, stolen by Kyle O'Quinn 0:15
+ 2 Kyle O'Quinn made jump shot, assist by Doug McDermott 0:35
+ 3 Thomas Bryant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Caruso 0:45
  Offensive foul on Enes Kanter 1:01
  Offensive foul on Enes Kanter 1:01
+ 2 Larry Nance Jr. made alley-oop shot, assist by Julius Randle 1:17
  Bad pass turnover on Jarrett Jack, stolen by Larry Nance Jr. 1:18
+ 2 Julius Randle made hook shot, assist by Jordan Clarkson 1:32
  Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter 1:50
+ 2 Enes Kanter made dunk 1:50
Team Stats
Points 107 127
Field Goals 44-81 (54.3%) 51-91 (56.0%)
3-Pointers 12-25 (48.0%) 10-26 (38.5%)
Free Throws 7-10 (70.0%) 15-21 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 40 46
Offensive 7 12
Defensive 26 27
Team 7 7
Assists 32 31
Steals 3 10
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 17 6
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 1 0
J. Jack PG 55
6 PTS, 3 REB, 10 AST
29 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Knicks 21-26 29342618107
home team logo Lakers 17-29 30373030127
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 21-26 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Lakers 17-29 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Porzingis PF 22.7 PPG 6.6 RPG 1.2 APG 43.9 FG%
J. Clarkson PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Porzingis PF 17 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
J. Clarkson PG 29 PTS 6 REB 10 AST
54.3 FG% 56.0
48.0 3PT FG% 38.5
70.0 FT% 71.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 29 17 3 0 0 1 0 1 5/12 5/9 2/3 0 3 21 -1
K. Porzingis 28 17 4 1 1 1 0 3 7/13 2/2 1/3 0 4 25 -13
C. Lee 33 16 1 2 0 0 1 2 7/12 2/4 0/0 0 1 20 -7
E. Kanter 29 12 14 2 0 0 4 4 6/9 0/0 0/0 5 9 26 -4
J. Jack 25 6 3 10 1 0 3 0 3/11 0/4 0/0 1 2 27 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 29 17 3 0 0 1 0 1 5/12 5/9 2/3 0 3 21 -1
K. Porzingis 28 17 4 1 1 1 0 3 7/13 2/2 1/3 0 4 25 -13
C. Lee 33 16 1 2 0 0 1 2 7/12 2/4 0/0 0 1 20 -7
E. Kanter 29 12 14 2 0 0 4 4 6/9 0/0 0/0 5 9 26 -4
J. Jack 25 6 3 10 1 0 3 0 3/11 0/4 0/0 1 2 27 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 13 17 1 1 0 0 2 5 7/9 1/2 2/2 0 1 18 -9
F. Ntilikina 17 7 0 3 0 0 1 1 3/4 1/1 0/0 0 0 12 -14
K. O'Quinn 13 6 2 2 1 2 4 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 0 2 11 -13
T. Burke 7 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 0 12 -5
D. McDermott 13 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 1 8 -20
W. Hernangomez 8 2 2 2 0 0 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 -3
L. Thomas 8 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 0
R. Baker 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0 3 -8
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 107 33 32 3 5 17 20 44/81 12/25 7/10 7 26 195 -100
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Randle 36 27 12 5 1 0 2 4 11/17 0/1 5/6 4 8 48 +18
B. Lopez 14 14 4 0 0 0 1 0 5/9 4/6 0/0 0 4 17 -8
B. Ingram 24 10 2 3 0 0 1 2 4/13 0/2 2/3 0 2 17 +3
J. Hart 17 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 -2
T. Ennis 11 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 6 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Randle 36 27 12 5 1 0 2 4 11/17 0/1 5/6 4 8 48 +18
B. Lopez 14 14 4 0 0 0 1 0 5/9 4/6 0/0 0 4 17 -8
B. Ingram 24 10 2 3 0 0 1 2 4/13 0/2 2/3 0 2 17 +3
J. Hart 17 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 -2
T. Ennis 11 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 6 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 37 29 6 10 3 0 1 2 12/19 1/5 4/5 3 3 57 +23
K. Kuzma 10 15 0 0 0 0 0 2 6/8 2/4 1/3 0 0 15 -1
L. Nance Jr. 31 13 5 1 1 2 0 2 5/9 0/0 3/4 3 2 23 +27
A. Caruso 30 9 4 8 2 0 0 1 4/6 1/1 0/0 1 3 31 +24
C. Brewer 22 7 5 2 2 0 0 2 3/6 1/4 0/0 0 5 18 +16
T. Bryant 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 3 +1
N. Hayes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
I. Zubac 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 +1
K. Caldwell-Pope - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 127 39 31 10 3 6 18 51/91 10/26 15/21 12 27 235 +100